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in this issue BUSINESS






26 Healthy

49 A day in the

Spirit of Umhlanga

life of

We experience life through the eyes of a Women's Self Defence trainer.

Celebrating the town's favourite ways to keep fit and healthy.

36 An Elite

39 Vodacom


Durban July

We chat to Neville Armitage about his elite store and customer experience, Armitage Outfitters.

We showcase six of Gateway's stores and their take on this year's theme.



44 Behind The

60 Cruising and

We chat with Dee from Afro's Chicken Shop about the growth of our local restaurant.

A group of 50+ cycling buddies from KZN tour Croatia on bike and boat.


Cycling Croatia

22 Tiki Tonga

We welcome this UK, 'sports coffee' brand to our very own Chartwell Drive!

53 Saltwater Seafood Co

31 The Main Dish

Flanders Mall gets a new fish and chips shop! Think poke bowls, sushi and fresh fish to go.

Featuring four restaurants that embrace different cuisines and dietery preferences.

56 Pet-friendly Umhlanga

Why our pooches matter, and where we can bring them with us around town.

IN EVERY ISSUE 06 Ed’s Note | 10 Fabstuff | 12 Social Scene | 18 My 031 | 20 Business Health

24 Inspiration


58 Health


66 Property

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issue 44

hings are moving really quickly this year. I feel like I’m still trying to get my new habits and behaviours I promised to have committed to, under control and yet when I look again, it’s June and we’re heading towards the second half of the year. Wondering where time is going and why it seems difficult to adjust, I realised it’s really easy to take on and do more; to work more, to meet more, to obsess and worry more. It’s way harder to do less – to find moments to be truly alone, to have genuine rest time (not entertainment time), to be less frantic, to exist in silence, to pause, to reflect. I realised it’s not our fault (not intentionally anyway) - it’s our brains that are the culprits! They constantly think way too much and for most of us, we haven’t found a way to slow them down or stop them from constantly wandering, to almost boil with thoughts, to race and drift, to keep us up at night, to control us.


I wondered if we’re in control of our thoughts? Often, I find I cannot stop thinking, flitting with a million ideas or thoughts about all sorts of stuff. I can honestly say I know my brain controls me, my physical self, my emotions, my moods and even my focus, and I struggle to keep it in check - even as I write this I wonder which part of my brain wants to keep the other parts in check! What got me to this point was a brief moment during a break away when I found a moment that allowed my brain to find that place, that quite zone - the Asgard of my mind - when my brain truly switched off, and it was bliss.

sabrina avellini is the owner, founder and yoga teacher at House of Calm, an urban sanctuary and wellness cafe. mom of a typical 5 year old boy, she is learning the steps of life one day at a time and starts each day with heartfelt gratitude as she tries everyday to be a good human. @houseofcalm-sa

The realisation and timing was opportune. Heading into the second half of the year it was amidst a state of ‘busyness’ and endless to-do lists that the family and I were able to sneak a few days at KarKloof Villa and Spa. While there, in quiet spaces between a game drive, a hike to a majestic waterfall and time at the spa, I found moments in silence, to pause and to reflect. It was exactly what was needed, and where necessary, plan to tweak those habits and behaviours I promised myself. I can also attest to the fact that the venue was definitely the catalyst for my reflection and we’ve come away both physically and mentally recharged. Pivoting a little, let’s chat about this awesome edition that takes us into Winter. You’ll pick up the active lifestyle undertone in the magazine as it’s become a regular at this time of year, as we look at things healthy and active on the coast, including a brand new sports coffee brand to grace our shores, Tiki Tonga. We’ve also flavoured this edition with some great features like The Main Dish, which celebrates diverse restaurants in Umhlanga with menu items from all around the globe, Behind the Brand of our local Afro’s Chicken Shop on page xxxx, and - it’s about time - a look into Pet-Friendly Umhlanga. We also welcome some new businesses into our hub, namely Saltwater Seafood Co and Armitage Outfitters. We’ve got our regulars as always which are insightful and inspirational as usual, plus loads more.

tom is the lead Pastor of Grace Family Church. Husband to Jess, and dad to two small boys, Will and luke - when he's not leading and speaking, he loves to get muddy doing various obstacle Course races. He has a passion for living healthy and whole - physically, emotionally and spiritually.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy our latest edition of the Umhlanga Magazine and feel free to read more on or follow us on Facebook or Instagram @theumhlanga. Til the next edition, God Bless!


From the Grant Gavin is an international speaker and award-winning entrepreneur, who coaches sales people and entrepreneurs to become better versions of themselves.



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Pink Medium Inspired by the cool of Camden Town, the atmosphere of Knightsbridge, the bustle of Oxford Street and the colour of Covent Garden – essentially, all that is quintessentially London – eclectic, snobbish, artsy and carefree! But all in all, Paul + Sofia is always stylish. Our favourite handbag is this classy pink creation that embodies sophistication. Retail Price: R 899.95

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BEVERLY HILLS Umhlanga We were invited to a mystical evening at the Beverly Hills where their new, secret venue was revealed to us. With our headphones on, we were led us to an enchanted-garden like space, fitted with fairy lights, firedancers, live music, and plenty of cocktails, champagne and oysters! And we couldn’t forget the gourmet tapas and ice cream cones. What a beautiful venue for hire it is!



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Theresa Hill & Candice Buckle Arisha Sukaloo & Kirsten Williams 3. Melanie & Andrew Clarkson 4. Thirusha Nair & Jenisha Mackraj 5. Letaria Pillay 6. Lorinda Scott & John Aritho




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Durban Dessert Festival Umhlanga 1.


Gateway Theatre of Shopping hosted the Durban Dessert Festival over the last weekend of March. The event drew local foodies with a sweet tooth that was easily-satisfied by the array of decadent desserts on offer. Talented DJs, graffiti artists and live music entertained the festival-goers, whilst dessert-themed competitions were aimed at the kids in attendance.

The People



1. Kiran Badul & Tamara Perumal 2. Shaun van de Walt, Yolande Romer, Ilse Kritzinger & Gareth Murran 3. James Woods, Jenna Sykes, Hannah Banfield & Byron Labuscagne 4. Sibusisiwe Ngidi, Thingo Msomi & Ruwaida Hoosen 5. Norman & Shanel Joshua 6. Mariesa Nelson, Bianca Leach & Suryna Lomard



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total care centre launch Mount Edgecombe 1.

We were invited to attend the exclusive media launch of the Mount Edgecombe’s Retirement Village’s Total Care Centre. We got to walk through the centre and see firsthand how vastly it differs to the typical care facilities! A few days later, they had another launch which was open to the public and was very well received.



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Jason & Dannette Dekoning, Lidia Breetzke & Sabrina Capellino Alison Tate & Colin Jermy Tracy & Andrew Smith & Kirsten Barnes Philip Thornhill, Stuart Hill, Shannon Clarke & Bianca Cameron Taryn Fleming, Sheila & Manny Lanzanakis Thandeka Mngoma, Charlie Oxenham & Thami Mngoma



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Steven Michael was the star of the Showtime Australia production, “Piano Man : The Billy Joel Show” that made waves at Sibaya Casino’s Izulu Theatre on its debut performance night, 18 April 2019. Michael and the rest of the production team paid tribute to the legendary musician through an impeccable performance of his masterpieces, and had the crowd captivated with their talent and their tangible passion.




Taryn Hanson & Kim Griffith Jones 2. Petro & Fred Muller 3. Meggie, Shaunolen, Sharmaine & Kesh Govender 4. Nemuel & Stacey Vermeulen 5. Mark & Griselle Lawrence 6. Nazeera Mall, Ruan Scheepers , Mira Maharaj, & Rohini Bisaal



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FAVOURITE PLACE TO GRAB A MORNING COFFEE? I love a cup of coffee at Doppio Zero, after a good walk on the promenade.

GO-TO PLACE FOR THE BEST VIEW OF UMHLANGA BEACH? It would have to be the top floor of Legends Bar in Umhlanga Rocks! You can see the pier from there.

THE BEST OF UMHLANGA LIVING ACCORDING TO THE FOUNDER OF SUGAR COATED CAKES! We chatted to founder of locallyfamous Sugar Coated Cakes – and local “ginologist” and creator of Durban’s very own gin brand (Salacia Gin) - Sasha Naidoo, on what she enjoys most about Umhlanga-living.

WHEN YOU AREN’T WORKING, WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU AND WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING THERE? You will find me at home at our extensive gin and whisky bar, entertaining friends and family. There’s always an abundance of food and drinks at our house! When I don’t feel like staying in, my regular spot is Lupa in Durban North – it’s our home away from home.

FAVOURITE FORM OF EXERCISE? Jogging on one of our beautiful beaches right here in KZN – we are spoilt, aren’t we?



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Sitting outside on the deck on a warm Summer’s evening at Mamma Luciana’s in Glenashley – pizza, pasta and G&T cocktails!

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business Health

4 Steps To Fulfilling Your Potential Words Grant Gavin

You don’t live to exist, you should not applaud your efforts for being able to hold your breath from Monday to Friday, only to let out a huge sigh of relief for making it to the weekend. That’s living a life well short of your true potential.

True success is relevant only when measured against your potential. No matter how successful you may think you are right now, you always have another 30-40% of growth within you. Living a life of fulfilled potential should be the yardstick that you strive for. You owe it to yourself and to those who look to you for inspiration to stand up and be accountable to the gifts you were given. If you’re struggling for inspiration right now and don’t know how to start tapping into your potential, here are 4 simple steps that should help you:

always need to be the one to add value to others, and rather, be the one who sits back and listens, with the intention to learn.

1. Step Back and Assess It’s very difficult to see things for what they are when you are running a million miles a minute. Step outside of the chaos so that you can take stock of where you are in your life, and reset your goals. What inspires you? Establish new goals, both personal and business. Stretch yourself, so set goals that are going to both challenge and inspire you to reach a new level of success.

2. Commit Beginner





The minute you think you know everything, you stop growing. ‘Shoshin’ is a concept used by the Zen Buddhists that literally means “Beginners Mind,” and refers to the concept of letting go of all your preconceptions so that you can learn with an attitude of openness. One way to adopt this powerful concept is to stop thinking that you

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There is no such thing as instant success. All success is based on the activities that are performed consistently in the short term.

3. Trust The Process There is no such thing as instant success. All success is based on the activities that are performed consistently in the short term. It’s so easy to give up and go back to your life of holding your breath to get through the week. That’s no way to live your life, or fulfil your potential. Human Beings do, for the most part, lack willpower, and as such, most people give up too easily on their goals because it just seems like too much hard work. Everything you need in order to be successful, you already have. Trust the process.

4. Immersion Committing to action is different to immersing yourself. You can commit to learning a new language by reading a few books, or you can immerse yourself in the process by going to live in that country for a few months, so that you can understand the nuances, the people, the traditions and the lingo. Do you see the difference? Immersing yourself into the type of lifestyle required for you to fulfil your potential will require that you actively participate in your own life.




















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A peek into this UK brand’s first store worldwide, right here in Chartwell Drive! Words Candice Buckle

Remember that war cry we would sing on sports day? Well, it’s what the UK Saracens Rugby team sing – and indirectly, this new coffee brand, Tiki Tonga shares a similar origin! This two-year-old coffee brand was first started in the UK by Durban-born Brad Barritt, who is presently the captain of the Saracens team. While the brand may be UK-based, the Umhlanga store is the first, physical Tiki Tonga shop worldwide.


ean, who is dressed in Tiki Tonga gear from head to toe, exudes a clear passion for the brand. He informs me that the store is owned by the UK team, namely Brad and Justin, and by the Durban team, Jono, Steve and Dean himself. Dean explains to me that in the UK, Tiki Tonga is known as a pre-workout coffee that you can order online with focus on connecting people through sports and coffee. As someone who’s been in the restaurant business for years, he

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goes on to explain that he and his team approached Brad and Justin and went over to test the coffee bean. “We said to them, simply put, we know restaurants, you know coffee, let’s collaborate”. Why Umhlanga, I ask? “We know this strip well and there’s really no pure coffee destination where you can just sit down, plug in your laptop, enjoy free fibre, have 3-4 coffees and not have a waiter bug you. We tried to create a pure coffee node in this hub and bring exceptional quality coffee to SA”.

The benefits of caffeine are no secret, and especially before a workout. “It’s natural, sugar-free, preservative-free and many people opt for coffee instead of protein shakes or energy boosters before a workout”, Dean tells me. He shows me various, numbered coffees that differ in strength, strain, and source. “No. 12 is the house blend, which is 100% Arabica. We have two blends which contain Robusta, which has been a bold move in terms of an offering. We had to be bold with our concept, and the offering, and the robusta flavours really add to the coffee experience”, he says. But it’s all about being able to choose the fuel that gets you revved up. Blends No.2 and No.8 are specifically designed as sports performance blends, packing more than your average punch. Brad and many of his teammates enjoy these blends before training and competing, allowing them to perform at their best. “We also offer a nitro, which is a coffee brewed for 24 hours overnight with the intent of extracting as much caffeine as possible. It’s then mixed in with nitrogen and ‘sprayed’ it into a cup. After it separates, you get to enjoy it as a cold shot”, Dean tells me before he demonstrates and nudges it over for me to taste. It’s ice cold but so smooth and airy that it's gone in one sip. In trying to get Umhlanga to recognize the brand as sport-related, they have started a weekly, Wednesday morning run that now has corporate sponsorship. The run starts at 5:30am and you can either run the 5,5km or 8km route. “The community has been so supportive of our store and the run has really been successful in bringing people out to mingle over a run and a coffee. We served 62 coffees in 23 minutes one morning after the run and everyone was super complimentary!” Dean exclaims.

“As for the design of the store, we wanted something clean and edgy and aligned with sport”, he says. I pay attention to the black and candy-apple red hues that engulf us, and nod my head in agreement. “Through Brad’s travels as a professional rugby player to Australia and New Zealand, he developed a love for the south east islands of Tonga, Samoa and Fiji, which explains the turtle logo”, Dean rattles off, his energy through the roof. “The Italian imported red Victoria Arduiro coffee machine which was custom spray painted the Tiki red, sits at the front of the store and is a real iconic feature. And the surfboard is part of the Umhlanga vibe, because ideally when we open up more stores we will have a different sports symbol synonymous with the area”. Clearly, this is a brand that’s here to stay! Dean hands me a complimentary frozen coffee to take for the road. Blended with a vanilla, sugar free powder that they source locally, it’s objectively the most magical coffee concoction I have ever tasted. I leave buzzing, feeling like I can run a marathon and maybe conquer the world - who knows!

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Tougher Than Mud Words Tom Basson


t’s 2:30 in the morning and I am struggling. My headlamp has gone out, and I’m slipping and sliding in ankle deep mud, cutting my hands on rocks and exposed branches as I fumble in the pitch dark. I’m cold and wet, and I know I’ve still got 6 hours to go… Welcome to Toughest Mudder Texas. An 8-hour, multi-lap, obstacle course race (OCR) that lives up to its name as one of the toughest OCR races in the world.. I’d arrived in Texas a few hours before and at 10pm joined the throngs of other excited and nervous racers who were all getting their kit and nutrition set up in the Athlete’s Pit Area tent. Immediately the conversation and strategising began…

“What are you going to wear?” “How cold do you think it will be?” “What distance are you aiming for?” Everyone had their own game-plan, everyone had their own target - but we were all united in our pursuit: to “beat our best”. That’s really why I had signed up. I wanted to know – needed to know - what would happen to my mind and body when pushed beyond my limits. I would soon find out. The race started on the stroke of midnight, and with adrenaline pulsing through my veins, and the cheer of the crowd in my ears, I and 500 other racers bolted out into the dark. Right from the start one thing was clear - this was going to be one hell of a race! Because of the enormous amount of rain the area had seen in the days leading up to it, much of the course had turned into thick, leg-sapping mud. So much mud. The first lap went by in a blur, and by the end of lap 2 I felt pretty good. Then lap 3 happened. The wheels fell off in a big way and I wasn’t sure I could continue. Cutting a long story short, I dug deep, said a few prayers, and pushed

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on into the night. Blisters, blood, sore legs… to be honest I don't remember much of lap 4 or 5. It was a case of one foot in front of the other… But then I remember seeing the first signs of light as dawn approached (It’s amazing how just that light can bring with it such a sense of hope.) And then almost suddenly it was morning, and I had completed lap 6. Total time 7hrs. Total distance 51km. Now I faced a tough choice: Stop, rest, get warm - as most of the racers were doing - or push myself for one more final round. All the excuses I could muster came marching through my mind in defiant procession. “I’m so tired.” “This is stupid” “You won’t make it!” Silencing those voices, I carried on, and in the end my last lap was one of my fastest - crossing the finish line with an exhausted body, a full heart, and all of the feels. Total time: 8h19min. Total obstacles: 224. Total distance: 59km T.S. Eliot said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go”. That night I found out how far I can go, and I came out realising I can – we can – go a lot farther then we give ourselves credit for. So whatever your dream – go out and get it! Because you’re a lot tougher than you think you are!

That’s what Toughest Mudder taught me.

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We love to stay in shape and we love to keep up with the spirit of That is why we’ve highlighted a few of the ways that most locals sta Words Alexia Loubser

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eeping fit on the East Coast isn’t a mere suggestion; it’s morphed into a way of life for everyone! From early morning wake ups in search of the adrenalin of a run on the promenade, to the post yoga bliss in the evenings, there is something for everyone of every fitness level and that is why we love where we live!


The Umhlanga promenade is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the world! With views over the Indian Ocean, the lighthouse, the award-winning pier and the wide open spaces that allows for crowds of runners and walkers, the promenade is home to many runners of all levels and those going for a brisk walk! From the moment the sun rises to gorgeous sunsets, you will see walkers enjoying the view with the wind in their faces and runners living for that addictive feeling of the blood pumping through the veins. This is one of the best spots to keep fit in the area and everyone in Umhlanga loves to make use of it!


There has been a ‘Yoga Boom’ in the past five years in Umhlanga with the demand for the practice increasing along with higher stress levels and work life. More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of taking time out to meditate, stretch and sweat out all the unwanted toxins. So get yourself a stylish mat, some of those gorgeous yoga pants and try it out for yourself! Trust us, you are spoilt for choice here in Umhlanga!

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HIIT Training

The latest craze in the area has to be the effective High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) which many gyms in the Umhlanga area are focussing solely on! These workouts are short, powerhouse explosions which take you from cardio bursts, weight training sets and rest in between to fire up the metabolism and keep your muscles guessing as to what comes next! It seems to have us all hooked! Haven’t given it a go? With the plethora of HIIT boutique gyms, you won’t have to search very hard and once the results start showing, you won’t want to do anything else!


Cycling in the area is still a much-loved sport among the locals! With many crowds heading out over the weekends and stopping at the various coffee shops for some well-deserved breakfast after kilometres in the saddle! It’s a sport that not only pumps the heart, but creates friendships and keeps things interesting! With specialised biking shops in the area and crowds (or even lone rangers) visible every day, we can see why this sport is so addictive!


Touch Rugby

Something a little different, the Umhlanga and Durban communities, are especially interested in their touch rugby teams! With games hosted during the week and weekends, and with mid-week training being something of a social gathering, this sport is one of the few that definitely has a social calendar! It’s made for the young and old, the weak and the strong and fitness of all levels! So why not try something different, work up a sweat and have a laugh!

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Yes, our weather says it all, but Umhlanga really can boast some of the best swimmers in the province and even the country! From all the swimming pools available, from Kings Park, Durban Beach Front Public Pool (the view is incredible), Umhlanga Schools and every conventional gym pool, this is the perfect, low impact sport that gives you a full body workout, a tan and a breath of fresh air! There is nothing better than expanding those lungs, working those arms and feeling the legs burn (oh, and to not take up this sport in our weather would be a crime!).


Conventional Gym

Yes, there are so many activities, sports and boutique gyms, however, some of us know what works and we tend to stick to that! Umhlanga is dotted with your Virgin Active and Planet Fitness gyms to ensure you can go in, do your thing, feel the burn and you’re done and dusted for the day and hey, that’s great too! If you plan your workouts and know what works, maybe you have your gym buddies, then as long as you’re getting the heart rate up, that’s all that matters!

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We got the inside scoop at four of Umhlanga’s most diverse restaurants where patrons can experience a range of cuisines, and where individual tastes and dietary preferences are not only catered for, but embraced! We met with each head chef, chatted about their main dish on offer, and got to be food critics for the day. Here’s what went down… w w w. t h e u m h l a n g a m a g a z i n e . c o . z a

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Don’t Miss ●The Middle Easterninspired Brinjal dish with spiced chickpeas The Putman Fritz – Tanqueray and soda, blackcurrant syrup, served with a cherry on top ●French bistro-style starter, with langoustines in a brown crab butter ●The Asian-inspired Pork Belly in a sweet and sour BBQ sauce


rank’s in Mount Edgecombe is brought to you by the same team that gave you the well-known Marco Poalo restaurant that closed down a year ago. But we can’t be all that sad when we have been given this new, trendy and convenient establishment. Predominantly a bar, the restaurant puts a creative spin on ‘bar food’ expectations by serving gourmet items, and further keeps us on our toes by changing up their menu, including seasonal ingredients, as often as they can. Chef Aaron is a fresh 19 years old, a tribute to Frank’s focus on youth development. Reserved and genteel, his precocious

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skills speak for him as he smoothly runs a tight kitchen in a high-pressure environment. Everything passes through the wood oven before it reaches the table, giving it that special chargrilled touch that is almost a signature of the cuisine here.

Main Dish

Tuna lollipops, which are pan-seared chunks of yellowfin tuna, dusted with tempura and sesame seeds, and served with a thick soy sauce and wasabi mayo.

What we thought

We can’t stress this enough: this was the most delectable tuna we had ever tasted! It was

fresh, perfectly cooked, and complemented with the crunch of the seeds and the pungency of the sauces, it’s one of those dishes you spend the rest of the day thinking about...

Don’t Miss ●The delectable Calamari made with Falkland Squid, it’s the tastiest and most tender calamari around! Ginger Ninja cocktail - the combination of gin and ginger creates the perfect kick. The Redbull Spritzer, especially if you’re heading down to the Village later...


The Mo’s family is warm, welcoming and super passionate about their restaurant! Having moved from their initial Florida road location to a developing Umhlanga hub, Mo Noodles doesn’t depend on foot traffic, but nurture their legendary reputation known by the locals and regulars who keep coming back (ourselves included!). The thing that is most special about their menu is its uniqueness, its diversity, and its flexibility to mix and match. Chef Sam rules the roost, and even though he can easily run

the show himself, he’s patient, never raises his voice and is well-respected and loved by his staff. Sam started his cooking career very early in his life and he was the first employee at Mo Noodles 22 years ago. He constantly produces good food – a quality that has kept Mo’s famous for key dishes. Essentially, Mo’s wouldn’t be Mo’s without Sam.

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Vegetable Thai Green Curry, made with creamy coconut milk (so it’s vegan friendly too), fresh vegetables

and the perfect dash of spice, all served with a side of your choice. We chose the Basmati rice as the perfect base to savour all the creamy goodness!

What we thought

Have you ever tasted something that was decadent but light at the same time? We savoured every fragrant mouthful of this traditionally Thai dish, and whilst it’s rich and creamy, we weren't left feeling like we had overindulged. The veggies were fresh and the curry itself had the perfect level of heat!

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Don’t Miss The Garlic Naan - this was the warm, buttery highlight of the whole spread! The Bombay Crush – a rose-flavoured exotic milkshake The Chicken Tikka Masala, real spicy but that’s how we like it! Their classic Lamb Biryani that is Chef Vijay’s favourite.


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he restaurant known as The Incredible India has a history in Durban as rich as its Goan prawn curry. The establishment, now situated at The Pearls, used to be called The Jewel of India and has enjoyed a stellar reputation in Durban since 1996.

that he speaks about his dishes. He describes the kitchen as a place of learning - with three chefs at different stages of learning, all of whom can perfectly prep any dish on the menu!

Chef Vijay hails from New Delhi in India - so we already know that his dishes are as authentic as his humble personality. His pride is his food and this is evident in the way

Mixed Kebab Platter, made up of assorted kebabs including tikka chicken, malai kebab, fish tikka and seekh kebab.

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What we thought Each cube of meat was soft and tender and deeply marinated in its own spice. With each bite came a burst of flavour and we couldn’t help but love the colour combination and presentation of the dish. What a great meal to share with the family, or if you’re one of those diners who want to taste and experience it all!


Don’t Miss The selection of fresh Sushi – including delicious vegetarian options! ●Raw Tuna with Spicy Miso Paste, served with avocado cubes The tender Teppanyaki Lamb Chops! Classic Japanese desserts like Kakigōri


he team at Daruma are a group of the sweetest, most passionate people you will ever have the privilege of meeting! Having moved from The Elangeni Hotel on Durban’s Marine Parade, the new spot boasts a wider floor, higher ceilings, and a close proximity to the hustle and bustle of the beautiful Umhlanga promenade. Chef Khaya is witty and friendly, and a master at teppanyaki. He whips up tender lamb chops, slices away at garlic and butter,

pours it over fresh prawns, cracks open eggs and fries the rice - all with swift swooshes of his blades. He admits to eating Japanese food every day, and loves the restaurant’s location with the sea breeze always filtering in.

Main Dish Teppanyaki king prawns, drizzled with garlic butter and soy sauce, accompanied with eggfried rice diced with garlic, onion and peppers.

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Armitage Outfitters is a bespoke outfitters offering premium menswear brands, tailoring services, barber facilities, dry cleaning and premium leather care. We chat to Neville Armitage about his one-stop shop for the bespoke man and his passion for quality apparel.


eville Armitage looks like he has just stepped out of a Stuttafords catalogue. A Maritzburg old boy who has worked in Durban for 21 years, Neville has admittedly “done everything to do with clothing”. Having studied Clothing Production Management at DUT and working for 20 years in retail in the buying and planning of goods, he spent the last three years importing leather shoes, bags and belts before opening his first flagship store, Armitage Outfitters. “At school, I worked in clothing stores, which had me unpacking boxes and thinking ‘where did all this come from?’ That’s what first ignited my interest,” he tells me, his voice as eloquent as his perfectly-fitted suit.

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It was when Neville wore the title of Buying Manager for many categories from stationery, toys and luggage, to Christmas decorations, that sent him to different countries and exposed him to the global buying experience. “I got to go to Hong Kong a lot and this is where I experienced proper bespoke tailoring -- things like barbers and tailors and the typical services and standards you get overseas. And I kept thinking, we don’t have any of this back home”, Neville explains, informing me of the gap - especially in KZN - for luxury. “My travels allowed me to shop overseas, I would come back and wear something and everyone would want it, and before you know it I was importing goods for my friends and people back home”.

Armitage Outfitters is a tribute to Neville’s love of buying and selecting the finer things. "I’ve made a serious effort to stock natural fibre clothing and accessories, and to move away from the chain store mass production and cheap polyester”. Neville has chosen his own favourite brands and admits it was difficult to be selective. I’m suddenly curious as to how Neville’s own closet looks. “My whole philosophy is quality over quantity. I can’t remember when last I shopped for myself, but the things I do have I take care of. If I don’t use it I will donate it, and only then will I replace it,” he says. But when he tells me about his absolute favourite shirt brand – Stenströms of Sweden, that specializes in unique design and superior twofold cotton shirts with mother of pearl buttons, I’m sure he can’t help but own one too many of these. “I think it’s the best shirt in the world because it'll last you for life”, he grins, as he shows me the neatly folded stacks of soft, exquisitely designed shirts with matching bow ties and patterned pocket squares. They truly are something to behold! As Neville shows me around the rest of the store, from the barbershop to the tailoring, he points out that all the services are visible, emphasizing handcraft and negating the closeddoor, mass production of the factory. “I saw some horrendous things abroad, and you’re ignorant until you educate yourself”, Neville says, showing his desire to distance himself from the darker side of manufacturing, such as worker exploitation, cheap fabric and bad quality products that don’t last. “Instead, he opts for individualism and craftsmanship. “People who come into the store speak the same language. Our shirts may be more on the expensive side, but you can spend the same amount of money over 3 months on 10 shirts that will only last you one season, whereas ours last for years”. And especially when you properly care for them!

At school, I worked in clothing stores, which had me unpacking boxes and thinking ‘where did all this come from?’

Neville goes on to talk convenience. “When you’re in corporate, you don’t want to drive across town to drop off dry-cleaning and then go somewhere else to get your haircut. We chose this store because it’s easy to park here, and it takes one-stop to do your grooming, get your shoes shined and shop, while enjoying a coffee or cognac right here at our bar”. He tells me that women are also encouraged to bring in items for dry cleaning and leather care, and my mind casts to my trusty leather bag, which definitely deserves some TLC. It’s no doubt that tailored clothes make a difference to one’s appearance, showing a whole new level of self-care and professionalism. Thank you to Neville and his team for keeping Umhlanga residents well-groomed, well-dressed and exceptionally debonair.


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This year's theme for the Vodacom Durban July is "Stars of Africa". We showcase one unique outďŹ t from six of Gateway's boutiques, to show each store's take on the concept. Words ria naidoo PHoTos levine PillaY

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This outfit embodies "Stars Of Africa" because even though the suit is black, it is far from ordinary. The jacket is reminiscent of traditional African attire, as it has no collar and has a unique fit and design. The zip-down front opens to reveal an embellished area that is designed to be exposed. Whilst the collar chain is traditionally used on a shirt, it is used here to accessorize the suit coat. Black Coat with Collar Chain Detail: R 7 000 Black Formal Pants: R 1 800

The Durban July is all about looking classy and elegant. The blue dress is a shade that is suited to most skin tones and is heavily embellished on top, thus needing little to no accessories. The diamante clutch complements the outfit perfectly, and the head piece is reminiscent of royalty. Blue Embellished Dress: R 4 500 Diamante Clutch: R 449 Headpiece: R499

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The owner explained that the colour of the suit, French Blue, is a play on the traditional Navy, and is currently on-trend. The slim fit suit embodies classic fashion, much like a Star Of Africa, and can be worn after the event. The Super 150 wool fabric is a touch of quiet luxury, and the mark of a gentleman. French Blue Suit: R 20 000 Shirt: R 2 500 Bow Tie: R 300 Hat: R 2 400 Lapel Pin: R 400 Shoes: R 4 200 Pocket Squares: R 150

This outfit is described as African in that the prints are of the wild animals of Africa, and the metallic details speak to the metals found in the African earth. He suggests pairing the dress with oxblood red shoes for a more dramatic look, or classic black heels for a classic ensemble. Animal Print Dress: R 3 500

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The embellished coat is reminiscent of the Milky Way of stars in the African skies, and is fit for a star. With a more relaxed look in mind, we created a vision of comfort and unparalleled style. The Durban July is meant to be enjoyed, after all! Embellished Jacket: R 20 000 Shirt: R 2 800 Blue Pants: R 3 699 Tan Shoes: R 6 999 Belt: R 499

Dressing with elegance in mind means attention to detail, and the accents on this suit speak to unabashed luxury. With a heavily-embellished shoe to match the finer details of the suit, one exemplifies sheer class, with a delicate balance of extravagance. Blue Suit (Bow Tie & Embellishments Included): r 8 999 Embellished Shoes: r 4 999 Belt: r 1 999 Shirt: r 1 799

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As we celebrate our beloved, local brand expanding across the country, we explore its inception, its collaborations, and its contagious culture.

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Behind the brand


ee Gravett, one of 11 young professionals at the Afro’s head office, doesn’t want to bore us with what happened way back when, and so she keeps the story behind the brand brief and exciting. What could have worked with the classic “once upon a time” line, she tells us that there was once a man who owned a restaurant in Hillcrest, who one day decided he wanted a chicken burger for lunch. So he asked the staff to make him one, but it was so incredible and life-changing that he thought to himself, “this is the best burger I’ve ever eaten, everyone needs to have one”. He got a friend to help him with the branding, and in the beginning of 2012, "Afro’s: The Food Truck" was born. Dee, quirky and all-round pleasant, also explains that the brand is no longer tied to a founder, but is rather rooted in the diverse Durban culture and its locals. “So it started as an actual mobile trailer called Afro’s Braai’d Chicken and it existed just as a food truck around markets like Durban Day and I Heart Market”, she continues. “The brand did well and would usually sell

The Umhlanga store was the third in line, and today there are 15 stores in total, with three in Cape Town, one in Joburg, and 11 around Durban and Salt Rock.

out”. But when an official store opened on the Durban beachfront promenade just six months later, Dee exclaims “it exploded”. “It’s hard to gauge what the general public think about a brand when it’s only found at markets, I mean, it’s awesome when you sell out at a market, but the love we received at our first store was overwhelming”, Dee states. Clearly, Durbanites just resonated wholeheartedly with its menu and its branding. “It did so well that we thought to ourselves, maybe we need to move into the city and open up a brick and mortar store, and that was the Churchill shop. That as well was amazing, with queues out the door, it was amazing to see the love & support we received from locals”, Dee grins.

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Behind the brand

The Umhlanga store was the third in line, and today there are 15 stores in total, with three in Cape Town, one in Joburg, and 11 around Durban and Salt Rock. “Afro’s was one of those organic things that just grew out of the love for a community and for the brand itself being so 100% local – we never tried to be anything else other than purely South African,'' Dee explains. “It’s also super simple and that works”, I chime in. But it’s way more complicated than you think to be simple, as Dee informs me. “Hours and hours of research and roundtable discussion went into picking everything from the chairs in each shop to the faces we pin up on the walls”. I look up at the famous picture of a young boy sticking out his tongue and finally get to ask who he is. “Sphamandla is part of a photo series of Umlazi. He was just a boy who ran up to him and said “Take my picture!”, Dee explains. “As the brand has grown

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he’s become the “face” of Afro’s. More recently, Afro’s began working with Bheki Mthembu, a talented photographer from Durban that we discovered on Instagram. We had just collaborated with Amanda Laird Cherry and brought out a whole range of locally made shirts. So we said to Bheki, we trust your vision -- GO!” His pictures were so awesome that they did a whole portrait series and pulled out some new faces of Afro’s for the series. So it’s clear that Afro’s likes to collaborate with other like-minded locals. They’ve also teamed up with other brands and artisans, like Amy from Humble Roasting Co and Paul’s Homemade Ice cream which are now available in most of their stores. They find locals to make the tables and chairs, for example, as part of a community project in Glenwood, they got people to weave lampshade covers for all the lights.

King Security Barriers create Beautiful Barriers for Beautiful Homes • Armed Transparent Barriers • Monkey Proofing • Garage Doors • American Shutters  • Trellis Gates Dee goes on to tell me about the newest store just opened in Main Street, Rondebosch. “It’s more of a nighttime scene with cocktails and it’s doing really well”. They’re looking to expand in Joburg a little bit more. I ask how reasonable Durban prices fare in cities like Joburg and Cape Town. “People aren’t sure what to make of the prices because we’re so reasonable”, Dee laughs. “Because for us, it’s about making good chow, and the lady who made the first batch of sauce still makes the sauce, the guy who made the first burger still works for us, and his sons still works for us”. Dee ends off with a wide grin. It seems Afro’s brings about happiness for all, with its tasty food, reasonable prices and unpretentious vibe. And as Durbanites, we love watching it grow and grow! +27 76 444 1873 @afroschicken

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The Fig Tree


amed for the towering, iconic tree that once stood at the centre of the Simbithi Country Club, Fig Tree Restaurant is an oasis.

Set within Simbithi Eco-Estate, the Fig Tree Restaurant is the epicentre of the Club, which is also home to the trendy Drop Zone Bar, and three fully-equipped conference venues: the Pavilion Room, the John Platter Wine Gallery and the Dragonfly Conference Centre. The Fig Tree Restaurant itself overlooks the magnificent 18th hole on our award-winning, executive golf course. Enjoy your meal inside the newly-refreshed Fig Tree, with fresh greenery and contemporary design elements. Indulge in our popular á la carte menu, served from our recently-renovated kitchen.

Enjoy the popular Simbithi classics, such as the Simbithi Fish & Chips and the Cashew-Crusted Chicken, or tuck into one of our delightful specials. Children can also enjoy our fullyequipped Play Park. Alternatively, sit outside on the deck and enjoy the sounds of nature as you enjoy our specially crafted Terrace Menu. Sip on cocktails or a cold beer at the Drop Zone, after you have finished your 18 holes. Whether it’s a romantic dinner you are after, or a relaxed evening with family, a brunch with the girls or a quiet spot to work with our complimentary Wi-Fi, the Simbithi Country Club is ready to welcome you.

Call us to make a booking, today: 032-946 5403 Find us at 2 Club Lane, Simbithi Eco-Estate The Country Club is open to members of the public; no access code necessary. To view our full menu and conference rates, visit our website at “Welcome. You’re home.”

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Just as we are encouraged to practise "defensive driving" on our dangerous roads, we would also do well to learn defensive living, and Melanie preston from pure Jiu Jitsu shows us how...

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iving in a world that often places women in compromising and dangerous situations, sparked an insistent desire in me to become a physically stronger and more capable woman. As I walk into the jiu jitsu studio opposite the throngs of people enjoying a midday coffee at Old Town Italy, I am rather nervous about how to handle the decision of learning how to defend myself. The space is immaculately clean, with bright lights and thin blue foam mats covering an expanse of floor, and several punching bags hanging from the ceiling. I feel slightly intimidated, until I see Melanie's petite frame that holds confidence and muscle, greet me cheerfully! She is sharp-witted and focused, and I am here to learn from Mel what women's self-defence is really all about. After an hour of quick thinking and skilful manoeuvring, I am thoroughly awed... Mel is exceptionally graceful in her demeanour, and she sits me down to go straight to the heart of why I am here, "Engaging in this mode of fitness is all about technique and leverage, so even though I am small, I can submit a much larger person. Yes sure I am strong, but I could never out-kick or out-fight a strong man without knowing the skills that are learnt here." Mel's partner Andrew teaches jiu jitsu, whilst she handles the women's self defence and several fitness classes. The pair also teach the kids’ classes along with two other instructors. I ask about the difference between jiu jitsu and the classes she teaches, and she informs me that whilst they may seem similar, the women’s self defence classes are set with real-world situations in mind. For example, being attacked whilst getting into your vehicle, or how to escape a man that has pinned you to a wall, or more ominously, a man that has pinned you down and is hovering between your legs. I listen raptly at her logical approach, as she tells me about the main issue, "People walk around thinking that it's never going to happen to them. They walk around unaware - I always see people getting into the car whilst texting, but you should be hyper-aware

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at that moment because attackers are watching you, they're looking for an easy target." After chatting about the importance of being aware of your surroundings, Mel gestures that it's time for me to get on the mat with her. She informs me that I will understand her descriptions much more clearly once I have felt the techniques myself. We begin with a simple technique of my response of an attacker grabbing my forearm, and my instinct is to pull my arm away - which against Mel's iron grip, is entirely futile. I am taught how to extract my forearm from my attacker in a quick but effective move (that I would have never considered), and then to get away from his vicinity - the entire point of self-defence is to create the opportunity for you to escape.

Mel is deeply invested in the well-being and empowerment of women, and the passion for her work is evident in her dedication and mindset of inclusivity, "Women of all fitness levels are welcome, and women of all sizes and weights there isn't a person who won't benefit from this knowledge, and there isn't a woman who won't become more self-confident, fitter and stronger. Anybody can do it, honestly." At approximately 1.50 m tall, a former ballet and modern dancer, Mel is the definition of a pocket rocket. She's at the gym by 5am every day, beginning the morning fitness classes. Then, throughout her action-packed day, she trains women one-on-one and engages in the group classes as well. When asked what her daily diet consists of, Mel is quick to express her disinterest in "fad diets" or the societal condemnation of carbs. For her, it is about eating whole, nutritious foods that act as fuel for the body and very little sugary, junk foods. Fitness is her work, but also her absolute passion so she enjoys training on weekends, spending time outdoors hiking or training others. Spending time with her family is also very important to the fitness fundi. As I leave, I feel smarter and more confident, and much less fearful. I feel equipped to handle an attacker should I face the misfortune, and I am one hundred percent certain that I will be back on the mat to earn my pink belt, and to fully-experience the empowerment that comes from the knowledge that I am not a weak link. Potential attackers shall not have an easy experience with me Mel simply won't let them.


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Fish and chips is a known favourite, a craving and very often, a rarity when finding yourself a fresh catch with those crispy chips! Not anymore, thanks to the Salt Water Seafood Co in Flanders Mall! Now, fresh fish is the name of the game, sushi is a must and poke bowls are a regular!


Murray Ewin (Remo’s Originale co-owner, ring a bell?) and his team at the Salt Water Seafood Co, have only been open for about two months and the rising success of the little shop shows the definite need the area had for fresh fish! As I said, poke bowls as a regular, daily fresh catches and sushi - yes, we certainly needed it!

As the space opposite Remo’s became available, Murray put a proposal together for a deli, not just a fish and chips shop, but a place where people could come past after their morning coffee or after doing their hair and pick up some fresh fish to cook at home later that evening (did someone say fresh Norwegian Salmon?). This is how the idea for a unique offering on fish and chips takeaways, coupled with a deli came to be - and Salt Water Seafood Co was born!

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“The menu offering, whilst simple, has something for everyone,” says Murray, “from real fresh fish and chips to sushi, and popular poke bowls, as well as boutique-style nibbles, like tofu nuggets – which everyone is raving about!”

All the products are sourced from Tightline Fisheries which deliver the fresh catches as soon as they come into the harbour! No frozen, box fish here! From calamari, prawns, tuna and sole, you know that Murray and his team will have only the freshest variety on hand!

AAdding Mr Delivery to their service offerings was the next best thing, as what can be better than sitting watching a movie and having your sushi delivered to your door? Yes, okay, my tastebuds are in overdrive writing this! Not to be stopped, this deli will soon be offering sushi platters (35 to 60 pieces per platter) to accommodate the needs of corporates, private parties and of course, for impressing your guests for a simple dinner party. Otherwise, there is always the option of getting your hands on some fresh kabeljou or kinglip and wowing your friends with a fish braai…

With a great little seating arrangement, you are able to order a sit down meal with an ice cold drink and enjoy a quick lunch or pop past and make it a family affair for dinner with your own recipes. Oh and let’s not forget, there is the option of poke bowls arriving on your doorstep, which pretty much sounds like heaven to me!


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A community filled with animal lovers and a haven for your furry friends Words ria naidoo

When we are confronted with the notion of "best friend", dogs are not in fact the furthest things from our minds. Our canine companions have been the subject of many heart-wrenching movies steeped in themes of loyalty and love, and are sometimes considered the closest thing to human companionship. However, when last did we take a moment of mindfulness to fully appreciate the entirety of our dogs' impact on our own well-being?

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ogs have been trotting alongside humans since time immemorial - from the days of the hunter-gatherer, to the canine species' most recent role as therapeutic aides, dogs have been present on our brand new couches as well as wreaking sleepless havoc on our cosy beds. Nevertheless, we have welcomed them into our packs, and whilst we provide the food and shelter, the value of their reciprocity cannot be measured. Let us take a quick look at the ways in which our canine companions keep us healthy: It is a well-known fact that dog owners tend to engage in more physical activity by having to walk their furry friends, play with them and take them outdoors to revel in the fresh air. The benefits of exercise on the human body and mind are well-documented - so grab that lead and indulge your dog's excited jumping! Studies show that dogs help us reduce our stress levels by reducing our levels of anxiety and lowering our blood pressure. Being in the presence of a dog may also increase our levels of dopamine and serotonin, more commonly known as our "happy hormones", thus improving our mood. Anyone that has spent time cuddling a puppy can attest to this! Dogs can help us become more sociable by forcing us to interact with the people around us - with them of course! In an age where social media threatens to dominate our interactions and screen time needs to be monitored, having dogs around encourages a different kind of sociability.

Dixie is the cutest Jack Russell X who will try and do everything you do, including sleep on your pillow. She is a super sociable doggy who enjoys long walks on the beach and endless tickles and kisses.

Agatha is Umhlanga’s friendliest mutt. As CEO of both her humans’ work-from-home businesses, she takes her job pretty seriously and strives to maintain an open door environment.

Sundae is a curious, little weirdo - she’s fond of scratching her tummy against the grass and rubbing herself against garbage bags! Her favourite toy is a ping pong ball and more recently, a popped champagne cork. She also enjoys bullying her older brother, Squidgy!

As we get older, having a dog provides us with the structure required to help us continue to remain active, and having a tail-wagging best friend relying on us, helps us maintain a sense of purpose. Additionally, giving certain pet-related chores to children teaches them the important lessons of responsibility and compassion. Dogs love us no end. Unconditionally accepting of all our quirks and oddities, our canine companions don't care - they just want to be with their very best friend, and knowing that we are loved in this way, is an excellent support to our emotional wellness.

Umhlanga is full of animal-lovers of all kinds, and we measure up pretty well with regard to being a dog-friendly haven: Opt to be seated outside at Old Town Italy so that your furry friend can spend some time with you as you enjoy your gelato treat in the sun! Pop down to The Oyster Box to enjoy a beautiful view of the ocean, and their special Canine Menu will keep your pet more than satisfied! Mo Noodles and Remo’s both happily welcome you and your dog for a spot of something delicious. The Umhlanga Promenade is the perfect afternoon walk for your pet, and the sea breeze is almost guaranteed to uplift your mood.

NOTE: It is imperative to keep your pet on a lead when you take them out in public. This protects other people, other animals and children from suffering the consequences of an unforeseen bite or fight. Whilst you may have complete confidence in your dog, animal behaviour is unpredictable despite canine domestication. Ensure that your dog wears some kind of identification with your contact number. And please carry poop packets to clean up after your pet!

Squidgy is as soft and cuddly as his name! He enjoys stealing his humans’ socks to play with and dances each time he gets a dog treat.

Jack is a pavement special and rescue dog. He fills his humans up with love and hugs, and he and his sister Tammy are always looking out for them, whether they’re leaving or coming home. Jack also loves a good nap!

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Ideal Vs Actual Words Sabrina Avellini

I love to listen to a local radio station when I am driving (which is not often), and on two separate occasions within a short timeframe, during two different shows, two questions were raised that hit me pretty hard - right in the gut to be honest! It seemed obvious to me that the universe really wanted me to think about certain things as they had a common theme. I really tried to not let them affect me personally, and I know it is just the opinion of the DJ, but these two questions kept nagging at me ever since I heard them. Has that ever happened to you? Has something in the media or someone in your personal circle posed a question or passed a statement, and it felt like it was meant directly for you? Did the power of words, opinion and judgement take over your rational thought? Did you internalise something that wasn’t truly meant for you? I took time to reflect on why these two questions in particular were triggers for me; why they caused such a negative reaction. And I slowly figured it out. They were talking about my “ideal” which in my current reality, is not my “actual”. Recently, a friend sent me an excerpt from one of Pema Chödrön’s books, and one paragraph in particular stood out for me: “Suffering comes from wishing things were different. Misery is self-inflicted, when we are expecting the “ideal” to overcome the “actual”, or needing things (or people, or places) to be different for us so we can then be happy.”

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“Suffering comes from wishing things were different. Misery is self-inflicted, when we are expecting the “ideal” to overcome the “actual”, or needing things (or people, or places) to be different for us so we can then be happy.”

There are millions of motivational and inspirational quotes that we see or hear every day. Due to the nature of my business, I am consistently surrounded by the most phenomenal yogis and therapists who are able to bring positive light to every situation. But, I have many moments when my reality faces me in the mirror. My gratitude list is pages long, but on some occasions, my reality trumps this extensive list. Why? Because it is not my ideal; because I don’t have all the things I think I want or need; it doesn’t look like what others share on Facebook or Instagram, nor is it what the radio DJs were projecting on to their listeners. And then I get onto my yoga mat, and I reflect on my actual and I realise that my reality is in fact what I have created, from the choices that I have made. It is the stepping stones to where I want to be. And yes, there are sacrifices along the way, but there is so much learning and growth too. Many lessons learnt and many lessons given. We cannot hide from our reality, for it is always present; and we need to figure out how to work with what we have. We just need to step out and show up every day. As Pema Chödrön says, “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know” and therefore, “just where you are – that’s the place to start”.

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Myself, my hubby, and six of our cycling buddies recently went on a 7 day cycle-cruise through Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, which is an absolute must-see for anyone with an appreciation for coastline beauty! What a cultural experience we had while confronting breathtaking views at every corner as we cycled from one side of each island on bike during the day, only to be picked up at the other side by the boat at dusk...

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ur journey started with our group of eight landing in the town of Split after a long flight from Durban, and we immediately forgot about feeling tired and absorbed the beauty of this incredible place. Split is known for its beaches, and the fortress-like complex at its centre which is Diocletian's palace erected by the Roman Emperor in the 4th Century. It felt like we had gone back in time! We joined up with twenty eight other people from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK, and with a love of cycling and exploring we had an instant connection.

There were 18 cabins on the boat (technically called a gulet) each with an ensuite. They also provide bikes and helmets onboard, and while you can bring your own bike, it's definitely less hassle to hire theirs. Might I add that they are also in tip-top condition! The gulet sailed from Split to the Island of Brac where we went on our first cycle to Bobovisca, a small hamlet set on the western side of Brac just under the mountain overlooking the sea. This absolutely took out breath away! The boat then spent the night in Milna, with the picturesque, natural stone houses bordering the bay. Our second day was such fun: we cycled from Bobovisca to Bol where our gulet was going to dock for the night. We were taken

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to a local farm village where we enjoyed traditional food cooked by the farmers, which comprised of sheep on the Spit and voluptuous jugs of wine. Again, who turned back the clock? Everything felt primitive and old-school, but in a good way. And what a feast we had! We still had to cycle back after all the festivities – at least it was all downhill! The views again were exceptional as we could see panoramic views of the neighbouring island of Hvar. The following day we cycled from Hvar to Jelsa. The Island of Hvar is famous for its fields of rosemary and lavender, and its scent wafted through the air as we cycled through. From Jelsa we cycled towards Urboska and then down to Stari Grad, which is one of Croatia's oldest towns dating back to 385 BC! The next morning we cycled to the medieval city of Korcula with the peaceful and secluded gardens of Cypress trees. The ship then sailed to the Island of Mljet where we cycled to the National park to see Mljet’s two lakes.

The fifth day we sailed towards the Peljesac peninsula and the cycle began in Trstenik and took us through the famous wine growing areas in Dalmatia, and on to the town of Orebic. For those familiar with the spectacular views seen from Chapman’s Peak in Cape Town, picture those being ten times better and the drive being ten times longer! After the cycle we then sailed to Makarska and the gulet stayed there for the night. With our reluctance to return to reality so soon, we cherished our last cycle before setting sail back to Split where our exceptional cruise came to an end.

Mljet was by far the most beautiful sight with its crystal clear water, its ornate monastery and its cute donkeys. We also had a swim stop here‌ luckily we managed to have lots of swim stops in many beautiful crystal clear waters on our cruise.

I highly recommend a cycle cruise as you get to see so much more on a bicycle and also manage to see some stunning views that the average person wouldn't get to see. I would also like to mention our two female guides, Anna and Miranda, who were so informative and taught us a great deal about the history of this incredible country. They even offloaded our bikes, repaired punctures and were just all-round troopers! Our whole group were so enthralled by our experience that we are going to do it all again in September this year, through the same company, Sail Croatia - but the Northern route this time! Some of us are also looking into doing it on e-bikes so that we can see more things and not get tired.

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Williamson Plumbers has provided the greater Durban area with service for 23 years We are based in Briardene & service as far as Ballito, Prospecton & Hillcrest.

Since those early days 23 years ago we as a business have grown from a one man band working out of a garage. We have always strived to deliver a service which is a cut above the rest. With a desire to achieve unprecedented levels of service and quality in an industry previously renowned for poor delivery and empty promises. We are extremely proud of the Williamson Plumbers brand. Along with our maintenance service and construction history, Williamson Plumbers now also specialize in the drain business. High pressure drain cleaning as well as CCTV camera surveys to drains is very much part of our daily workload. OUR SERVICES INCLUDE: GENERAL MAINTENANCE • Water loss claims • Replacing washers to servicing of taps & toilets • Repairs to leaking water & waste pipes • Cleaning of blockages • Leak detection

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How the state of the economy affects sellers Words Grant Gavin

Not all of us have a degree in economics. Understanding how external forces within the greater economy impact the price of property can be confusing. But, if you are in the market, then you do need to grasp its ebbs and flows or face the risk of being dragged under with its undercurrents.


The main principle that contributes to growth in property prices is the same that governs all other fields of trade: demand and supply. The higher the demand, the more the seller can charge. When a country’s economy has hit a dip, this will have a knock-on effect on consumer’s buying power, which means that the demand for property will drop and sellers will have to drop their prices in order to sell to a market with a pinched pocket. Smart sellers will therefore keep an eye on the country’s economic climate and wait for signs of growth before putting their property on the market.

WHICH INDIRECT INFLUENCES TO WATCH The country’s inflation levels, interest rates and unemployment proportions all have a secondary or indirect influence on property prices. The lower these factors are, the greater price you can fetch for your property and vice versa. A country’s GDP and currency are other factors which indirectly affect the property market. The higher or stronger these values are, the greater price you can fetch for your property and vice versa. Investor confidence indexes are a great way of getting an idea of where the market stands.

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"Property investment might seem daunting, but if you have a good real estate agent you can always bounce any questions you might have off them even after they’ve helped you find your dream home."

If investors are willing to spend in a country, then it means that more money will be coming into the country, which usually results in higher buying power for consumers.


Buyers also need to keep an eye on the economic outlook of the country if they want to get a good deal on a property. Seeing as it directly affects your own pocket as well, purchasing property when the economy hits a dip is not the easiest thing to do. But, property prices can drop dramatically during an economic downturn and you can end up purchasing a property at a much lower price than you would have spent on the same property during an economic high. The biggest downside to this is that interest rates are likely to be higher during these times so your monthly instalments on your home loan will be higher as a result.


As complicated as all of this might sound, you do not need to figure it all out on your own. Property investment might seem daunting, but if you have a good real estate agent you can always bounce any questions you might have off them even after they’ve helped you find your dream home.

Grant Gavin is the Broker/Owner of RE/ MAX Panache, the largest real estate company in the North Durban Market with 65 agents operating from the Umgeni River through to Umdloti.

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